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The I.N.O.X Watch by Victorinox: The “Superman” of the Watch World

When it comes to the company Victorinox, you may not realize that they are not only one of the well known luxury watch manufacturers in the industry, but also the original developer of the Swiss Army Knife. That multi-tool, compact knife was a solution to a soldier’s need about one-hundred and thirty years ago. With that legacy, it is not surprising that Victorinox has developed a watch that is the “Superman” of the watch world.

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The I.N.O.X starts out with an impressive list of features like: Being Swiss made; with a 43mm stainless steel case; a quartz movement; a scratch resistant, triple coated, anti-reflective sapphire crystal; luminescent hands and indexes; a date and end of life calendar; water resistance to 200m; and a genuine rubber strap.

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However, Victorinox went well beyond the average watch in that it has been fortified to withstand conditions that would crush the competition. The I.N.O.X. is capable of withstanding a fall from 3 stories, being run over several times by a 64-ton tank, and spending two hours in a washing machine with the temperature of 194 degrees. These were the actual tests that Victorinox put the I.N.O.X. through before its launch on August 27th in NYC.

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The “Superman” features of the I.N.O.X. are what sets it apart, but Victorinox has not forgotten that luxury sports watches also need style. The I.N.O.X.’s band is a textured true rubber and comes in black, olive green, and navy. It has a stainless steel casing that is sleek, with a face that matches the band and number markers are clean and easy to read. Even though the I.N.O.X is categorized as a sporty watch it has a luxury look that will cross over from casual wear to a dressier style with ease.

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Fashionable design trends from Britain

When it comes to design then it’s fair to acknowledge that Britain is right up there with developing and adopting new trends.  If you’re looking to give your place a new zip then here are some of the great ideas that have emerged from the innovative, modern British interior designers and trendsetters.

Just remember, you don’t have to everything all at once, but you’ll always have a room or two that you know needs to be changed around, so embrace the fashions and have some fun!

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Theme tropical

There’s nothing that warms the heart quite as much as tropical themes in your house.  They convey a sense of the exotic, the exciting and, perhaps, the unattainable.  Still, you can recreate some beautiful images to get you closer to your island paradise: perhaps some wallpaper featuring colorful trees and flowers to suggest that Caribbean getaway; or tropical birds, a riot of colors, on a cushion; or even a parrot-shaped lamp to conjure up those tropical visions.
Brass and copper

In Britain brass is slang for money and copper for a policeman, but in interior design it’s the metals that have been trending in the shops.  You’ll find gold-plated bathroom fixtures such as faucets that add a real touch of luxury and some stunning classic designs that will turn your bathroom into a set from Downton Abbey.

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Accessorize with antiques

Now here’s a trend that’s all the rage in Britain.  Sure, many homes have sleek modern lines with sleek modern furniture, but mixing these with some judiciously placed antiques makes a bold new statement.  The antiques trade in Britain is huge and the opportunity to pick up beautiful objects is ever-present.

When you’re thinking about mixing the old and the new, look at what you already have and search for things that will complement the surroundings.  An ornate clock could sit well in between some sculpted candlesticks, and an old oak chest with attractive carving will add a real touch of class to the corner of the room – and store all manner of things.

The old and the new can work together – it just needs the right eye to match things up.

Warm woods

There’s little doubt that the influence of Scandinavia has had a major impact on British interior design over the years.  Those blond woods are undeniably attractive but there is a growing trend for warmer woods to furnish the home.  Veneered dressing tables, chaises longues, furniture in the traditional British woods of oak, cherry and walnut are all part of the reinvention of classic furnishings.

Window watching

Curtains have so often been the go-to solution for covering windows, but you’ll find many British homes are choosing wooden shutters instead.  Why?  They’re versatile, they can be made from a whole range of materials and to fit any type of window, and they give a room additional character.  On top of that, they can be adjusted to let in or keep out as much light as required – what’s not to like?

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The 66th Annual Emmy Awards

This past Monday was the 66th annual Emmy Awards ceremony that was held in the infamous Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Celebrities, who had been celebrating for the previous week at sponsored parties, arrived at the Nokia Theatre to honor their fellow actors and actresses for their works of excellence in the television industry. Just as in every celebrity event, the star gazers are interested to see what the celebrities were wearing, whether it be good or bad.

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When looking at the color scheme this year at the Emmy’s, not only was red prominent, but white seemed to dominate the red carpet. One of the women in the stunning category was Sofia Vergara, from the popular show Modern Family. She arrived to the Nokia Theatre is a beautiful, curve-loving white gown by Roberto Cavalli. This strapless creation has a structured top that is accented with vertical shimmering lines and pleats that bring your attention to Sofia’s tiny waist, then follow over her hips to the floor with the seaming. It is the grown- up version of The Little Mermaid for sure.

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Next, is actor and TV personality Mario Lopez. Even though some may hate him for it, it is almost impossible to make him look bad. Here he arrived to the Emmy’s in a basic black tuxedo with a crisp white dress shirt and white pocket square accent. Mario departs from the traditional look with his skinny tie, in place of a bow tie. He definitely would win in the handsome category.

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The red carpet also welcomed a pair who usually fit in to the fashionable couple category: Actor Matthew McConaughey and model/wife Camilla Alves. Camilla joins the ladies in white with this beautiful, lacey cut-out gown by Zuhar Murad’s 2015 Ready to Wear Collection. Matthew, who is a devoted fan of Dolce & Gabbana, is wearing one of their tuxedos in cobalt blue with black accents. Normally, I am a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey’s fashion choices, but not this one. I can’t quite decide what is throwing me off, maybe not the right coloring for him, but his tuxedo looks too prom-ish for my taste.

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Footwear Finds for Fall 2014

Looking at the trends and what is new in men’s footwear for this Fall, I noticed shoes having duel fashion purpose. Nothing is better than having a little versatility in your closet. The first one I came across at, while I was looking for some youth-approved footwear for a teenage relative.

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With a sea of black shoes and sneakers out there, the Ralph Lauren Black Leather Tedd High Top Sneakers still managed to catch my eye. They have the look of a black leather work boot, but the weight and agility of a high-top sneaker. At $87.99, the quality is fantastic and they are the perfect cross-over shoe from Fall to Winter, being also a great choice for work or school.

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Next, is an unusual mix of fabric for a man’s shoe. They are the Nike Men’s LeBron Denim High-Tops. They have the styling of a basketball sneaker, but lean also toward a casual shoe with the indigo denim that is surrounded by a black leather anterior foot and heel. It is a great choice for those guys who just hate to wear anything but sneakers and need something that is a little less athletic looking.

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Another choice for an on-trend casual footwear for men this year are the Creative Recreation Men’s Camo High-Tops. Camouflage is still a hot pattern in both clothing and footwear for Fall/Winter 2014. This particular one contains the traditional camo colors of tan, green, and brown, which is trimmed in dark brown leather around the laces and along the toe/heel area. For about $100, it is also a casual shoe that can transition seamlessly from Summer, to Fall and Winter too.

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Lastly, is a unique combination of the distinct details of the Wing-Tip Oxford and a lace-up leather boot. These creations by Ben Sherman have the ability to cross the line from casual to a semi-formal style of dressing. Tucked under a pair of dress pants, it would be hard to tell that they are a pair of boots. However, I could still see them working with a pair of cargo shorts, some bulkier knit socks, and a button-down plaid dress shirt.

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5 Dresses You Need for Your End of the Summer Party

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A soft melon in an on-trend ombre will look both lovely and stylish at your summer soirée. Young, Fabulous & Broke Fortune Maxi Dress also has a great v-strap detail on the back to really turn heads! Now that’s how you make a statement in pastels!

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Wow them in stripes with a great find like Lemieux’s Striped Dress. With a halter neckline and back keyhole cut-out, this maxi dress is the perfect antidote to your end of summer blues. Featuring a cinched waist and mini slit, this dress is bound to flatter almost every body type.

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You can’t go wrong in a LWD (a little WHITE dress that is). French Connection Sunflower Dress has a great flared skirt and summery eyelet design perfect for the last few days of warm weather.

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Try out a great print to stand out from the crowd. Forever 21’s Abstract Watercolor Maxi Dress features bold patterns in soft colors perfect for day or night. Plus at less than $25, it’s practically a steal!

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Going to a beach party? You’ll want something light and breezy. Karen Kane Smocked Maxi Dress feels sophisticated in all black but the touch of black and white tie-dye at the hem adds a relaxed fun feel, great for warm summer nights!

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Review: Armani Jeans Navy Check Shirt

Micro-check pattern fabrics, like gingham and houndstooth, have been used in fashion since the 1960’s. With fashion having it cycles, “What’s old is new again.” This year, there is a resurgence of the use of these micro-check patterns in both menswear and women’s wear. All the design houses have their own versions of this pattern.

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One of my favorites in men’s dress shirts is the Armani Jeans Check Shirt in navy. From a distance, the micro-check pattern acts like a solid color, but becomes an interesting surprise as you get a closer look. The check pattern is also accented with a micro-sized eagle that is the Armani Jeans logo. This particular dress shirt is made of 100% cotton and has the designer details of a slim fit, a solid navy trimmed pocket, and the embroidered logo on the pocket.

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This type of micro-check pattern shirt can be either dressy or casual. It would be fantastic under a black suit, with a solid or striped matching tie or you could just as easily wear it with a pair of linen pants or chino trousers and brown leather loafers. If you are daring enough to wear this micro-check pattered shirt with another pattern, instead of a solid color, then the trick is to use a larger pattern to off-set the smaller one and keep the total look from being too busy.

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As far as pricing goes, the “Armani Jeans Check Shirt” tends to be on the higher side at $143 Euros/$189 USD. Other designers that are in the same price range are those men’s dress shirts from Eton and Hugo Boss, while Michael Kors, John Varvatos, Ralph Lauren, and Brooks Brothers have a version of the micro-check patterned shirt that runs closer to $100 and under.

So, the next time you reach for a dress shirt, why not try something that is a little out of the ordinary like the “Armani Jeans Check Shirt”. You may be surprised how it can perk up wardrobe items that you may have thought were tired and old.

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No Frump For Your Bump: Tips for A Stylish Night Out During Pregnancy

Maternity fashion has come a long way from floral dresses and pastel colored, shapeless clothing. Today there are multiple retailers and designers that specialize in maternity wear that keeps you feeling stylish, chic and comfortable. Dressing a pregnant body can be a challenge at times, particularly if you are struggling to feel content with your changing body. Play up the features that you feel most confident about; if you love your legs, pick a shorter dress or a skirt with a hi-lo hem and if you have amazing arms, select a sleeveless dress or tank top. The more confident you feel, the more radiant you look. When dressing for a night out while on maternity fashion “leave”, the options below are guaranteed to help you look and feel like the beautiful momma-to-be that you are.

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Little Black Dress

The little black dress is a timeless classic and a piece that you are likely to already have as a staple in your wardrobe. If a little black dress is not already a part of your wardrobe, or if you no longer fit into the one hanging in your closet, select a basic silhouette that will work for nearly any social occasion. Online retailer ASOS offers the perfect solution to pregnant women headed out for a night on the town in the form of the sleeveless wrap dress. This dress can be dressed up for even the most formal black tie affair or made more casual for a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant. Accessorize with jewelry appropriate for your night out. Pick a statement necklace or pair of earrings for formal affairs or more understated jewelry for a casual evening out.

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Stylish Flats 

Some women always prefer heels and are totally comfortable rocking a pair of platforms well into pregnancy, however, most prefer to choose shoes that are fashionable yet comfortable during pregnancy. Pick a pair that offers maximum comfort and style. The Sorah flat from ALDO is guaranteed to match not only your little black dress, but the rest of your wardrobe as well. The patent leather toes feature a dainty bow as added decoration and the flat can be worn for both formal and casual occasions. Try matching them with some chic maternity jeans from the likes of Citizens of Humanity.

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Radiant Makeup

Show off your radiant, glowing skin with a foundation designed to even out your skin tone and conceal imperfections while still allowing your natural beauty to shine through. The Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation is smooth, non-drying and builds to your desired level of coverage. The brush feature allows you to apply your mineral makeup without the mess and fits easily into a purse for any touch-ups you might need. Sweep a luminous blush on the apples of your cheeks and use a shimmery bronze or taupe shade on your eyes. Apply a coat of black mascara and add your favorite lip product to finish your radiant makeup look.

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A clutch is the perfect evening bag as it allows you to keep all of your essentials handy, while not weighing you down all night long. Fossil has a classic style fold-over clutch in four different styles from cheetah and metallic to basic black. This clutch also features a leather and chain strap that can be used when your hands are full.

Pregnancy style is no longer flowing, floral creations with no shape. Today, moms-to-be have a huge selection of styles from which to choose and can create looks, without any frump, that showcase personal style while remaining comfortable to wear throughout pregnancy.

Breanne is a recent college graduate, blogger, and fashion aficionada.  You can find her over at her blog, Proper & Pink!


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